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Attracting early stage investors through an effective start-up governance
An important question for academics and practitioners alike is whether entrepreneurial firms rely on signals to demonstrate their attractiveness in the financing market. Traditionally, most attention was focused on the US (venture) capital market; but recently countries like the Netherlands have emerged in the start-ups arena featuring big fundraisings such as Picnic (€250 million) or GitLab (€268 million). However, attracting outside investors remains a key challenge.
How well can we predict life trajectories?
The explosion of computing power, the ever-increasing availability of data and the large inflow of people in fields like data science and machine learning, have led to successes in various fields. In the social sciences, we increasingly see applications such as policy makers using predictive models in the context of criminal justice or child protective services.
Why Politicians Actively Intervene in Accounting Regulation
Regulation, and especially a technical issue such as financial accounting, is often considered a matter for bureaucrats, not for politicians. In doing so, we tend to neglect that many accounting rules have real economic or social consequences.
Background Ads are Everywhere, But How Do They Affect People?
People often encounter advertisements in the background while primarily focused on other stimuli (e.g., while multitasking). For example, someone may listen to the radio while browsing the internet, checking social media, or performing a variety of other tasks.
Anatomy of political risk
Quantifying the economic impact of risks emanating from the political system (e.g., referendum in the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, shutdown of the federal government in the United States) has often proven difficult due to a lack of firm-level data on exposure to political risk and on the political issues firms are most concerned about.
The procyclicality of banking in the euro area
A high procyclicality of banks’ loan loss provisioning is undesirable from a financial stability perspective, as it implies that bank capitalisations are more negatively affected at the trough of the business cycle, exactly when capital market conditions for banks are at their weakest.
Riding the bubble on low interest rates: evidence from the South Sea
Over the past years, a growing number of economists have become convinced that a new era has started – one characterized by unprecedentedly low interest rates. As a result, pundits discuss many disruptive effects inherent to this evolution.
Instrumental and affective ties within the laboratory: The impact of informal cliques on innovative productivity
Innovation within firms is influenced by the relationships individuals create and maintain among each other. In particular, knowledge-sharing ties can provide access to diverse knowledge that can enhance their innovative performance.
Taste-based discrimination: evidence from the Netherlands
Stereotyping is not the sole cause of discrimination against ethnic groups applying for jobs or seeking to rent a house. According to research by Elena Cettolin and Sigrid Suetens, it is also a matter of ‘taste-based discrimination’ by employers and landlords.